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Hill J E/Freedman Samson

Public | PK, 6-8 | 225 students

 

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Posted April 23, 2014

Hill-Freedman World Academy is a wonderful International Baccalaureate middle school with a rigorous academic curriculum that focuses on projects that expand the student's worldview. They have a great STEM and foreign language curriculum as well as a comprehensive music program, dance and special electives. This past year the school expanded to accommodate ninth graders and will eventually serve grades 6 - 12. Hill-Freedman is unique in that it also serves special needs learners in the same environment. With passionate teachers who truly care about the education of the whole student and a principal who is determined to make the school the best it can be, Hill Freedman is truly a gem in the Northwest community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Hill-Freedman is the best kept secret in NW Philadelphia. It is a traditional public school with a private school philosophy. The scholars are surrounded by highly educated teachers who are stern, supportive and nurturing. You will not find another school like this within the Philadelphia Public school. It is RANKED #2 in the state of PA. I will we have an excellent IB Program We have an excellent special needs program as well. I have seen other reviews about sports. The school was just approved to become a highs school so sports will come. Note, the school is developing LEADERS of our country so we can compete all across the globe. Since it is a smaller school the social aspect is great. My scholar has several friends that I believe will remain friends beyond the HFWA YEARS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

We are a small yet big family that wants to expand. With out help from others we have our building can not hold our middle school and high school. So we have to separate them. That is not the way we want our family to split apart, plus our new high school location is not suitable for 9th,10th,11th,12th graders it is most suitable for elementary students. Besides that one down put we provide excellent instruction for are students to learn and grow in life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

Hill Freedman World Academy is a fantastic school. The principal and staff are fantastic!! The student body is made up of intelligent individuals who value their education. With it being small school, all the students know each other across the grades and the staff knows them as well. The principal is stern but fair and has done at great job at keeping Hill Freedman as the jewel of the community!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

I absolutely loved this school! I graduated in 2012. The wonderful teachers helped me prepare for high school so I knew what to expect. When I was in 8th grade, I was already learning 9th grade stuff so when I did get to high school, I was already ahead.


Posted November 15, 2013

I am a current 9th grade student at Hill-Freedman World Academy and to be honest I am not really Impressed with the School. First of as a energetic young boy I really love sports, and quite honestly, Hill-Freedman's sports program is nonexistent. To play sports for 9th grades we need to tryout at a neighboring HS (MLK) with kids we may not even know opening way for a unsafe environment. So, in the sports department I will have to give a 1. Next, we have academics, and I have to say it's amazing we have wonderful teachers who give us a lot of challenging and hard work so we can prepare for higher levels of education. As an I.B school (International Baccalaureate) we have a wide range of courses such as S.T.E.M African-American History and Spanish which is an amazing thing offered at this school. We also have personal projects we have to do which also gives us extra credits. So in terms of academics I give a 5. Lastly, Students and Socialization. Being a very small school for newcomers it can be very difficult to integrate yourself into the school. This is because if some students don't like you that is a lot of the class. So getting friends will be hard since the lack of people.


Posted October 30, 2013

I am a current 9th grader at Hill Freedman and honestly I am blown away by how much I've learned and grew in this experience. Since school started I've felt as if the teachers and my principle really are working hard on getting me the best education possible. A+ from me.


Posted August 29, 2013

I am an alumni of Hill-Freeman class of 88' and now this will be my sons first year here. So far so good. Mr. Majewski is awesome


Posted August 1, 2013

My daughter is an alumni of this school, and she received the best possible preparation for high school while she was there. I am disappointed that the high school expansion happened too late for her to continue at Hill Freedman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

This school is a great school, the teachers and staff are very friendly and there to help you. However, the principal is rude and pompous and blows things out of proportion. His ego is in the way of the school reaching its full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2012

My daughter is in their special education program and she has progressed so much since going there. The teachers are dedicated to seeing her succeed. I am pleased that they challenge her academically. The principal is great as well. He ensures that as a parent you are satisfied with the education you child is recieving at Hill Freedman. Thanks to Hill Freedman and the hard work of my daughter she has made the honor roll!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

As the parent of a recent graduate or Hill-Freeman, I can say that I am glad that my child went there. The teachers there are outstanding and really care about the children and their growth. The principal can be difficult at times, but has the best interest of his student's always in mind. The curriculum was both challenging and rewarding and my child benefited from this greatly. This school is a great example of what a learning community should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

I am a 7th grader and we are learning a lot. The teachers make learning fun. They help the students when we are in need of help. I just really like this school. The principle- Mr.Majewski- is very serious about learning and will do what ever he can to attract the students to learning. I never thought learning would be fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

I just graduated Class of 09. I loved going to Hill-Freedman. They really prepared me for high-school. All of the teachers are really nice. They will help you out with anything whether its with school work or just a problem your having. Its a overall great school. '09'!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2008

I graduated from this school a few years ago and I think that it was one of Philadelphia's few best schools!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2007

I am a student from this school and I personaly feel that it is a good school but some of the tteachers can be a little harsh but it is over all a good school. Another great thing about my school is that it offers athletic events that helps us the (students) with our bodys
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2007

I love the art teacher. She is my best friend. the projects are fun and we learn alot about history too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2007

I love this school. It has done great things for African American students. They believe in us and expect the best from every student. We are encouraged to compete and be number one. I know I will get into a good high school next year because of my teachers and the principal
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2007

This school is very unique. It has a wide mix of students from gifted to profoundly impaired. The principal sets very high standards for all the students and sees to it that all students are provided equity. I have never seen a parent volunteer in this building and I have taught there for a very long time. Parents are welcome but like most inner city schools they just drop them off at the door. At this magnet school parents have choices. Disgrutal parents should exercise their options. They never due because it is the best school in town with quality leadership and a caring staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 28, 2007

This is a great little school. The principal has an open door policy, You never need an appointment to see her no matter how busy she is. The studens are well behaved and motivated to do well. Teachers wear many hats. They work after school and summer to tutor students The school has an orchestra, band,golf, volleyball,soccer,basketball and lots of technology. There are computers in every room and the teachers are always learning new ways to help students. This school is a jewel!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
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94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female76%
Male93%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female79%
Male90%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male100%
Black98%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black98%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Black98%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black98%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 92% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
White 2% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6200 Crittenden St
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Phone: (215) 276-5260

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